Lady Cannings Plantation

Overview

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Photo: Richard Baybutt

Lady Cannings Plantation was mentioned as a possible location for a trail to be built at the founding meeting of Ride Sheffield. It’s a great location for trails as it’s on the edge of the popular Houndkirk Moors byways and bridleways as well as being close to the wider Sheffield trail network coming up out of the Porter Valley.

For a few years now there have been trails in the woods as walkers and riders have packed down bits and pieces of singletrack, and 2 years ago a big step forward for Mountain Bikers was announced when the main track up the centre of the woods was re-classified as a Bridleway.

5 years on from that Ride Sheffield meeting when it was first mentioned, due our innovative – and at this point unique – crowd funding initiative and a fantastically supportive land owner/manager in Sheffield City Council, the first phase of the Lady Cannings trails opened in July 2015. This was completed with the support of Go Outdoor, Norton Mayfield Architects, Cotic and Avanti Conveyors and of course the good people of the mountain bike community who put their hands in their pockets and got behind the crowd fund.

The current trail starts at the top of the newly classified Bridleway through the middle of the woods, just into the woods from the gate onto Jumbles Road on Houndkirk Moor. Over the next 3 years more trails will be built in the woods to complete a loop of options with the generous support of Go Outdoor.

Trail Grade(s) and distances Blue

The Phase 1 trail now open is a flowy blue trail which descends from the top of the woods to the bottom. There are no jumps or any kind of features that will put off the novice, with the trail twisting and turning through berms and rollers from top to bottom. The surface is generally smooth. The aim with Lady Cannings is to offer a fun and interesting trail for children, beginners and intermediate riders to enjoy and improve their skills on before building up to the techier trails nearby at Jumbles Road and Blacka Moor. There is no issue with taking competent children down the trail, but as an experienced rider you will have a tonne of fun too. The whole loop is connected by either using the bridleway up the middle of the woods, or to get some big views head up Houndkirk Road from the Sheep Hill Road car park, turn right at the crossroads with Jumbles Road and climb up to the top that way.

Total Trail Distance: 1.4 KM        Descent: 50 m

Lady Cannings Map - Phase 1

Location/Access

Lady Cannings Plantation is located to the west of Sheffield just above the Village of Ringinglow. The nearest post code is S11 7TU.

There is limited parking Sheephill Road and opposite the Norfolk Arms pub in Ringinglow. It is also located just off the Houndkirk Moors byways and bridleways and the top of the trail through the Parks up Porter Valley tops out to the East of Ringinglow so this is great for access by bike as well.

The Nearest railway station is in Dore and Totley.

Parking

The nearest car park can be found just off Sheephill Road just before the village of Ringinglow at S11 7TU.

Local Services

As already mentioned, the Norfolk Arms pub in Ringinglow is not even 200m from the main entrance to the woods and is open for breakfasts as well as more usual pub opening hours. Please note that the pub car park is for patrons only.

In the opposite direction, Dore has a small centre if you follow Sheephill Road and then turn left down Long Line, or take the Ringinglow Road itself back towards Sheffield and there are amenities at Bents Green.RideSheffieldHeaderLadyCannings.jpg

Thanks

A huge thank you to each and every person who put up money for the trails as part of the Crowd Funder. Thanks to Sheffield City Council for their permission to build in the woods and support in getting the permissions to get the trail built, Ride Sheffield volunteers for their ongoing work maintaining the route and working on the next phases, Biketrack for building it, Norton Mayfield Architects, Cotic and Avanti Conveyors for putting brilliantly generous amounts into the initial crowd funder, and finally to Go Outdoor. They are contributing £60,000 over the next 3 years to complete the rest of the trails in the woods and to maintain them long term.

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